Blasphemy is to attribute the true works of God to the devil and to the devil the works of God. Mark 3:30. The Pharisees did this blasphemy to Jesus. By his own admission, Paul (Saul) did it to those who were the true believers in Christ. 1 Tim 1:13, 18-20. Blasphemy is to call good evil and evil good. Is 5:20. Paul, while part of the Jews’ religion, called Christians evil and thought he and his Jewish religionist followers were good. Gal 1:13. In doing so, Paul (Saul) sinned. He missed the mark, believing in a false god and attributing to Jesus the works of the devil. This blasphemy was forgiven because, as he said, “I did it out of unbelief.” He believed in a false god and was in ignorance and “unbelief” toward the true God, Jesus. Gal 1:13-14. His unbelief was to believe in a false god and call his god’s evil good. This was his blasphemy. Saul, the legalist, was converted to Paul, the greatest teacher of grace of all time.

The risen Christ appeared to him on Damascus Road and turned his mind and life upside down. He finally came to worship “the only true God.” John 17:3. He went from being a murderer to the one being murdered (Acts 14:19-20); from the hunter to the hunted; and from the killer to the dier. 2 Cor 4:10-12. He was no longer spiritually blinded by the devil. 2 Cor 4:4-6. He took up the cross instead of putting people on it. He went from being an injurious violently arrogant man (Gal 1:13) to an unconditional agape lover, the image of the “only true God.”

Travis Bryan III

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